Praying for Peace in the Midst of the Storms in Life

by Kevin Litchfield

When Peter walked on water walking toward Jesus, he took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink into the frothy waves. Jesus took him by the hand and together they walked back to the boat, but note the storm was still raging perhaps even worse than before.

The only difference was Peter had was linked with Jesus, giving him a perspective that took his eyes off the storm and onto the hand of Jesus. Are you linked with Jesus? May this be your declaration: “I am yoked with Jesus.”

Jesus tells us, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30, KJV)

Who Am I?

by Kevin Litchfield

“Who am I that I should go to Pharoah?” Moses asked. “Nobody knows me. I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” God said to Moses what he has said to you and millions of other Moseses.

“I know all about that. It doesn’t really matter much. For I will be with you. Your guilt and your inadequacies are no longer the ultimate truth about you. You are what you are, but that’s not all that you are. You are what you are, but you are not yet what you will be. I will be with you” (John Ortberg).

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Come to Jesus

by Kevin Litchfield

Matthew 11:28 says COME to ME, all you are WEARY and Carry HEAVY burdens, and I will give you REST. TAKE my yoke upon you.

What things are you yoking yourself to other than Jesus that is causing weariness and anxiety… pleasing people, legalism, ministry, family, job, etc. Choose today to Come to Jesus and take HIS yoke for HIS yoke is easy.

Begin to decree: “I am yoked with Jesus.”

Matthew 11:28-29 (NLT)

28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Focus on the Presence of Christ

Focus on the Presence of Christ
by Kevin Litchfield

Last weekend at a retreat Bill Elliff challenged me to focus on the presence of Christ.  He shared, “More can happen in 5 minutes of God’s manifest presence than in 50 years of our best human efforts.”

In the midst of the urgent that prompts busyness linger at HIS feet instead.  Waiting on His call to action before you move forward.

God Opportunities

by Kevin Litchfield

Recently I have been reflecting on Acts 8. The church in Jerusalem was in trouble. There was persecution and imminent death for all who called on the name of Jesus.

So, the people were forced to flee for their lives. They scattered all over. But verse 4 says: “Those who were scattered went everywhere PREACHING the word.”

These early believers chose to view their current situation as God’s opportunity. A change in perspective made all the difference.

Hope In the Lord

By Kevin Litchfield

Recently while meditating on Psalm 39, verses 4,6-7 stood out to me. “Lord remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered – how fleeting life is… We are merely moving shadows and all our BUSY RUSHING ends in nothing… And so Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in YOU.”

May prayer for you is that in whatever or wherever you find your self today the Lord will give you perspective. Realizing your hope is not found in bigger numbers, better programs, or sermons, or more praises from man, but solely and completely in THE LORD.

Something to Think About

by Kevin Litchfield

I ran across a quote from Dallas Willard from the book, Renovation of the Heart, that I want to share with you this morning.

“The impotence of ‘systems’ is a main reason why Jesus did not send His students to start governments or even churches as know them today which always strongly convey some element of human system.

They were, instead, to establish beachheads of His person, Word, and Power in the midst of a failing humanity. The were to bring the Presence of the Kingdom and its King into every corner of human life simply by fully living in the Kingdom with Him.”

Perhaps we have made it more complicated than it needs to be.

The Lord Is My Light & My Salvation

By Kevin Litchfield

As I have considered what to share this week, I was reminded that the battle you I face is real.

There is an enemy that is not flesh and blood that strategizes against us. An enemy that knows our weaknesses, our sin struggles, our physical limitations, our fears, our anger, our… you fill in the blank.

In the midst of life’s chaos hold tight to Psalm 27:13-14a: I would have despaired unless I had BELIEVED that I WOULD SEE the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

WAIT on the LORD… verse on echoes this hope: The Lord is my LIGHT and my SALVATION so WHY should I be AFRAID.

Let us pray for one another that we can remember this truth.

What Are the “Cant’s” In Your Life?

by Kevin Litchfield

The father who knows you and your need will meet that pressing need according to His perfect will.

I was recently drawn to a familiar story. Jesus meets a man who had been sick for 38 years lying beside the pool of Bethesda waiting to be put in the water because he believed the water could heal him.

Jesus asked this man a weird question: Do you want to be made well? Instead of responding YES to Jesus He answered I CAN’T SIR…

I wonder today what are the I CANT’S in our lives? Jesus says do you want to see your city transformed by me? Do you want to be freed of a particular burden? Do you want…?

You fill in the blank. Is our response YES or I CAN’T SIR? Choosing to focus on what’s NOT possible instead of what IS possible only through Jesus.

What are your I CANT’S? I pray today that you might have the faith to say a loud YES LORD!!!!

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)